MOUNT VERNON, Mo. — Third-seeded College Heights faced a two-run deficit with three outs remaining before scoring six times in the seventh inning to defeat second-seeded El Dorado Springs 14-10 in the Class 2 District 6 semifinals on Wednesday.
The win improves the Cougars’ record to 17-3, setting a new all-time single-season win record for the CHC softball program.
College Heights Christian (with McAuley Catholic) advances to the district championship game with a matchup against top-seeded Mount Vernon (18-5) set for 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Maddy Colin earned the win for CHC after allowing 10 runs, seven earned, on eight hits, three walks and eight strikeouts in a seven-inning complete game.
Macie Mays took the loss in relief after allowing 11 runs, seven earned, on 14 hits, six walks and six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Aaliyah Perez started off the rally in the seventh with a single up the middle to lead off the frame. Sarah Painter singled to left with one out in the inning to plate Perez and bring College Heights within one of the lead, 10-9. After an El Dorado error and a walk from Jayli Johnson to load the bases, Kloee Williamson tied the game up after reaching base on a fielder’s choice that resulted in everyone being safe. Layne Jackson followed with a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run. Colin drove home two insurance runs with a single to right field before Addie Lawrence pushed home a run on an RBI groundout to make the score 14-10.
Johnson and Lawrence each had three hits to lead CHC at the plate. Johnson doubled, scored twice and drove in two, while Lawrence tripled, scored twice and drove in one. Williamson, Jackson, Colin and Painter all had two hits. Colin doubled and drove in a team-high three runs. Jackson had an RBI and two runs scored, while Williamson doubled, scored two runs and drove in two. Jackson and Painter each had one RBI and two runs scored. Avery Good doubled and drove in two.
Wriley Taylor, who tripled, and Dani Ogle, who homered, each had two hits and two RBI to lead El Dorado Springs at the plate.